ERIC COHEN Chief Dad, Macaroni Kid.

AGE   48

HOMETOWN / WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?   Chappaqua, NY / Water Mill, NY

@TWITTER   @macaronidad

ON THE WEB   www.macaronikid.com

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   Two

DAY JOB   Chief Dad at Macaroni Kid, Chief Marketing Officer
I am one of the three founders of Macaroni Kid, so I guess my territory is “Planet Earth” 😉
(Or, you can just say I’m with Macaroni Kid Headquarters.)

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK   Harry Potter Series, I read all seven books to my son over the past several years.

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

My wife and I co-parent. We both work very hard at Macaroni Kid, so usually one of us gets the kids on the bus and the other is in the office by 7AM. Then one of us will get the kids off the bus and we’ll decide who has the most work and they get to go back to the office after dinner. Since we get a lot of press invitations, we take our kids to “work” with us a lot. That work might be a press preview of Phineas & Ferb Live, or checking out a family resort in the mountains, but we do involve the kids and it lets us spend more time together.

HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

I don’t feel that I’ve changed that much, I’m still a risk taker, I ski and climb mountains. I think about my kids all the time, work harder, worry about them, but I feel like I’m still pretty much the same.

HOW HAS PARENTING AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

Parenting certainly adds a whole layer onto our relationship. We don’t get to spend as much time focused on our relationship, but we still work on it and make it a priority. It’s not easy, but our relationship is strong.

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?

My strength is I can rise to any challenge or crisis. My weakness is forget that they are children and not just smaller people. I have to remember to manage my expectations.

WHAT ARE YOUR PARTNER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?

When we were in China it was stressful, and as my wife says, I was a rock, while she cried the entire two weeks. When we got home and were back to “reality” I cried for two months, and she was a rock.

WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

We had a few au-pairs that ranged from great to not-so-great. One showed up and my wife said “Get him out!” We were contractually obligated to host him for 2 weeks, but on the 14th day, he was gone. We also had a great nanny for a year. Now that the kids are both in school, we just have the occasional babysitter or grandma and grandpa.

DO ANY OF YOUR CHILDREN HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS? AND IF SO, HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR PARENTING?

No, though our daughter was adopted from China and it is something that affects our parenting somewhat, as we want her to be proud of that and know that as she grows it may create some issues for her.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?

I lost it once when my daughter was about two and wouldn’t stay in bed. I regret it to this day (nothing physical, just some screaming).

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?

Birth of my son, going to get my daughter in China, of course. Having all four of us riding together on a quad chairlift at Vail Colorado made it seem like we were complete.

Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan is the Founder and CEO of The Modern Village, and publisher of TheParentduJour.com and TheMotherHoodBlog.com.

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